In order to address the complex health and social care challenges of the 21st century, it is crucial to develop and support future research leaders from a wide range of settings and disciplines. The Local Authority Academic Fellowship (LAAF) Programme and similarly focussed short placement awards have been designed to strengthen the capacity for local authority settings to generate and support health and social care research by offering research training awards to the individuals that work within them.
The training opportunities include three pilot schemes:
- LAAF Programme Pre-Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship (PLAF) Scheme
- LAAF Programme Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship (DLAF) Scheme
- Local Authority Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (LA SPARC) Scheme
Additional schemes, including complementary post-doctoral funding opportunities, may be added to the LAAF Programme in the future.
By offering this range of funding opportunities to individuals embedded within local authority settings, these schemes will contribute to the development of a credible ‘practitioner academic’ career pathway within local authorities and local authority supporting services.
Doctoral Local Authority Fellowship
This pilot scheme is being designed to support individuals based in local authorities or local authority commissioned services to develop as health and/or social care researchers.